Israel ready to go into Syria to 'protect Druze village'

"Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated inside the occupied territories off the town of Hadar, which has been subjected, since the dawn, to a violent terrorist attack launched by Jabhat al-Nusra and backed by the Israeli occupation entity from al-Tuloul al-Homr area that is adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories", SANA reported quoting "local sources in the Occupied Golan".

"There has been heavy fighting [in Syria] since early this morning", Fakherldeen said.

Israeli security forces say they are "prepared and ready" to prevent the capture of a village in Syria's Quneitra province caught up in clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's troops and rebels.

In a departure from Israel's policy of minimal intervention in Syria's civil war, the Israeli army said it would help defend a Druze village in Syria where Sunni militants killed nine people.

Israel's Druze, some of whom have reached the senior echelons of the Israeli military and government, have been calling for help on behalf of their brethren in Syria, both at home and overseas.

Israeli army spokesman, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, said the military was ready to "prevent Hader from being harmed or occupied, as part of our commitment to the Druze population".

Israeli officials said they were looking at the possibility of assisting Hader, whose residents have Druze kinsman lobbying on their behalf in Israel.

Violence by Islamist rebels against Syria's Druze minority has been controversial within Israel, which has its own Druze minority, and this appears to have convinced Israel to change its position, at least in this one village's case.

The Wall Street Journal said in the same month that Israel had been providing Takfiri terrorists in Syria's Golan Heights with a steady flow of funds and medical supplies. Gen. Yoel Strick, meets with the head of Israel's Druze community, Mowafaq Tarif, and other Druze leaders in northern Israel on November 3, 2017.

Israel is widely believed to be harboring and supporting anti-Syrian government militants who have been wreaking havoc along Syria's Southwestern border regions.

Israel has declared the Golan Heights to be a closed military zone in order to undermine any infiltration from the Druze neighbourhoods on the Syrian side of the border.

"We do not interfere in this terribly bloody conflict".

Speaking from London, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "we safeguard our borders".

But the Jewish state has been careful to avoid actually being pulled into the conflagration.

  • Rogelio Becker